Our 11-day Zambia Wildlife Safari safari takes you to a total of three national parks, beginning in South Luangwa and ending in Livingstone. Staying at four of the very best safari camps and quality lodges in Zambia you will enjoy breathtaking experiences of the Luangwa and Zambezi Rivers and all manner of wildlife. A combination of walking and vehicle-based tours and a huge variety of activities are available. All transfers are by air and road.
On arrival at Lusaka Airport you will be met and transferred by internal flight to Mfuwe Airport where you will be taken to your first lodge, Chinzombo Camp, by road. Relax and unwind after your journey with a drink on your villa deck or in your private plunge pool overlooking the Luangwa River. We will stay in this plush Norman Carr Safaris lodge for two nights.
On the first full day available for an expedition we take a drive with an expert guide into South Luangwa National Park or we can embark on a walking safari, one of the specialisms in this particular park. Nearby, a refreshing drink and an alternative view of the Luangwa River is available from the lagoon at the luxurious Kapani Lodge, also part of the legendary Norman Carr Safaris portfolio.
Other activities include a night time game drive and excursions to discover the Thornycroft giraffe which is only found in the Luangwa Valley.
After breakfast and a morning activity we will transfer by road to the next destination in South Luangwa National Park, Mchenja Bush Camp, where we will stay for two nights.
Lion and other predators often frequent the area around the camp and we may spot them along the river bed or on game drives during the day and night.
A morning walk to the Kakuli Bush Camp downstream from Mchenja is an excellent way to start the day, and there are three wildlife-rich ebony groves to explore in the area. Mchenja offers a great opportunity to explore the national park on foot.
On day 5 of the safari we transfer by road and air to the next destination, Sausage Tree Camp in the Lower Zambezi. We travel by road from the Bush Camp to Mfuwe Airport and take an internal flight to Jeki Airstrip. From there we will transfer to Chongwe River Camp Camp on the banks of the Chongwe River.
The Lower Zambezi National Park offers the spectacular opportunity to get up close to the game wandering in and out of the Zambezi channels. Herds of elephant and water buffalo are common in the area and birdlife along the riverbanks is exceptional.
Whether it’s canoeing, a spot of fly or spin fishing, or just an easy morning watching the wildlife that comes into the camp, today we can take the day in our stride after yesterday’s travelling.
While staying at Chongwe River Camp for four nights it becomes easy to feel at home in its sophisticated and opulent surroundings. An early morning game drive followed by lunch overlooking the Zambezi River is a great way to spend the third day here.
Chongwe River Camp offers some of the finest game viewing in natural habitats and the Lower Zambezi National Park is in a prime position to fulfil guests’ safari desires as it offers such a variety of environments to explore. Take advantage of the opportunity to explore before leaving for Livingstone on day nine.
We enjoy the final night at this camp with dinner under the stars.
After breakfast we will travel to our airstrip for an air transfer to Livingstone Airport via Lusaka. We will then be met and transferred in a vehicle to the prestigious Tongabezi Lodge in Livingstone where we will stay for the final two nights.
The five unique houses at Tongabezi are constructed using local materials with an open plan bedroom and four poster bed. Each house has its own personal valet. Meals are served in the large dining room or on the deck overlooking the river.
On the last full day of our safari we are spoilt for choice with activities in and around the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. Choose from a cultural visit to the local museum, a walk in the gorges below Victoria Falls, or for an additional cost the local helicopter flights and horse riding trips are always worthwhile.
Victoria Falls is one of the Seven Wonders of the World and is the largest sheet of falling water on earth. Water flow over the Falls does vary throughout the year. The name Mosi-oa-Tunya means ‘the smoke that thunders’, in reference to the spectacular spraying water emanating from the Falls and seen for miles around.
Take time to reflect on the trip of a lifetime by Tongabezi’s naturally landscaped cliff swimming pool.
After breakfast we will transfer you by road to Livingstone Airport ready for your onward travel arrangements.
The award winning Chinzombo Camp in the Luangwa Valley offers the ultimate in safari style and is the perfect place to begin your luxury Zambian adventure.
Six stunning villas set in 60 acres of private land provide the backdrop for this incredible Norman Carr Safaris hideaway. Particularly special features include cooled villa sleeping areas, spa facilities, a fire pit and a private plunge pool outside each villa overlooking the Luangwa River. Large en suite bathrooms and spacious living areas are the order of the day. As a modern lodge built on the site of an original Norman Carr camp, the decor gives a respectful nod to Chinzombo’s rich safari history.
A naturally game rich area, you will find the guides to be exceptional in their knowledge whether you wish to indulge in a day or night time drive, or both. The riverside location teems with wildlife, meaning you don’t have to go far for an authentic bush experience. Chinzombo has its own private access route into the South Luangwa National Park by boat.
Beneath a grove of ebony trees on the banks of the Luangwa River stands the stunning Mchenja Bush Camp. ‘Mchenja’ translates as ‘ebony’.
The rustic Mchenja Camp comprises five specially designed tents, each positioned under its own thatched roof. The tents have an open air shower room and inside bath so you can enjoy the Luangwa River and magnificent surroundings from the comfort of your room. A small plunge pool sits beside the bar and lounge area, allowing guests to cool off in luxury after a day’s excursion into the bush.
In addition to Mchenja’s ebony grove there are two other groves to explore nearby where wildlife tracking often proves incredibly rewarding. The night time game drives are usually very worthwhile and are a real highlight when staying here. This is an excellent place to choose to take in the bush on foot or by vehicle.
Just 15km upstream from the magnificent Victoria Falls lies the exclusive Tongabezi Lodge.
At Tongabezi the emphasis is on sophisticated safari luxury. Set on a meander in the Zambezi River, the lodge has its own swimming pool, tennis court and croquet lawn, and accommodates a maximum of 18 guests. Each private house is unique but all contain an extensive open-plan bedroom and deck, perfect for al fresco dining whilst overlooking the river. The valet service for each house is a well-established feature.
The wide range of activities available from Tongabezi include but are not limited to: canoeing excursions, guided walks with lunch on one of the nearby islands, fishing, a visit to Victoria Falls, a game drive to the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, a walk in the gorges below the falls, a cultural visit to the local museum, a visit to Livingstone town, and sunrise and sunset boat trips on the Zambezi. At an additional cost, helicopter flights, horse riding, white water rafting, and bungee jumping can also be arranged.
Chongwe Camp Camp lies in the heart of the Lower Zambezi National Park. It’s nine light and airy tents and two ultra-luxurious suites are dotted along the Chongwe River
Overlooking the beautiful rivers, with the mountains of the escarpment providing a dramatic backdrop, you don’t need to leave Chongwe for wildlife viewing activities. Cotton linens, local textiles and hand-crafted furniture blend seamlessly with organic fittings and fixtures, all designed to make the most of what Mother Nature has provided.
A Plethora of Activities
With a large variety of habitats to explore, guests are spoilt for choice at Chongwe Camp. Tigerfish are plentiful in this area and fishing enthusiasts can take advantage of the local expertise in fly-fishing and spinning. Guests can also take a memorable canoe trip down the Zambezi with the help of a qualified canoe guide. The camp is in a perfect position for day and night time game viewing and other activities include boating and walking safaris.